Food Cravings During Pregnancy
Research has indicated there is no evidence that these cravings are due to a nutritional deficiency. It is alright to satisfy these cravings, especially the healthy food items such as sweet fruits and crunchy vegetables. For those not-so-healthy cravings, try to find healthy substitutions, or eat them in moderation. So, if you're craving ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, try substituting non-fat frozen yogurt.
Some women crave nonfood items such as ice, dirt and clay. This is called pica. Doctors don't know exactly what causes these cravings. Some believe these cravings stem from a lack of iron or other minerals in the diet; however, this is not proven. If you are experiencing these types of pregnancy cravings, inform your doctor immediately.